A Rhode Island Couple provided an extra inspiration for the Missoula Marathon weekend by completing registrations from all 50 states.

Nancy Martell and her husband Edward hail from Warwick, Rhode Island, and she explained why they made the long trip to Missoula, Montana.

“My daughter runs a marathon in every state and she’s from Vermont,” said Martell. “Looking at the literature from the marathon, it said that only 49 states were represented and only one state was missing, Rhode Island. Well, we happen to live in Rhode Island, so as her Mom and Dad we decided to come to Montana. We’re in our 70’s, so we’re walking the 5k this morning.”

They hoped to complete walking the 5k in less than an hour. In fact, they did it with five minutes to spare, in 55 minutes.

Before their walk in the 5k, they spent Friday driving to the Mission Valley to see the Garden of 1,000 Buddhas and the National Bison Range in Moise.

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